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Friday, December 23, 2016

Mammoth Temple Construction Developments Reported/Future Post Now Necessary

After no notable progress in terms of temple construction had been reported in the last week since my birthday, I have been checking the LDS Church Temples website hoping for some news regularly, but not being surprised that nothing seemed to be happening around this holiday season. So it was that with not much hope for word of any progress in the two days left before Christmas that I checked again. Much to my surprise, there have been a great many temple construction developments that have crossed Rick Satterfield's radar since I last checked his website last night. I am overjoyed at these developments, and couldn't wait to share them with you, my readers.

Perhaps among the most notable changes to report are these: where Rick has not previously felt comfortable enough to venture an approximate completion time frame for those temples to be completed any time in 2018 or in the first little bit of 2019, the new information he has been given seems to have led him to be able to add that information within the last 24 hours.

As if that were not enough reason for me to post today, not only have important strides been reported in a majority of the temples now under construction, but also, Rick has felt confident enough to switch his listed completion order of the Kinshasa DR Congo and Concepcion Chile temples.

With the milestones reported and the changes made just within the last 12 hours or so, obviously, I will need to be rethinking my previous post regarding the possible timeline for temple-related events to be announced and scheduled for all of those temples that are slated to be within a now more specific period of time. That post will come as soon as I can make it happen. It may not be for a few days. In just about an hour or so, I will be having a holiday get-together with my family. And this weekend will be a flurry of activity as Christmas Day brings a gathering with Amy's family. And of course, I start my new job on Monday. So while I cannot commit to how soon I might have such a post written and published, I am determined to make it happen ASAP.

With that extensive introduction out of the way, I end this post by sharing my latest version of my personal temple construction progress report. As with anything I have done or will yet do on this blog, I welcome and appreciate any and all feedback. Thanks to you all, my readers, for your input, support, and concern. Have a Merry Christmas, and, if I cannot post anything else before that time, a Happy New Year as well.

Temple Construction Progress Report (current as of 12/23/16)
Current Temple Status: 155 operating; scheduled for dedication; 11 under construction; 1 scheduled for rededication; 2 undergoing renovation; 10 announced; (NOTE: Up to 3 additional temples may soon have a groundbreaking announced).

Dedication scheduled:
156. Paris France Temple: Interior work underway; open house and dedication dates announced; scheduled to be dedicated on Sunday May 21, 2017.

Under Construction:
157. Meridian Idaho Temple: Light fixtures hung; interior trim underway; completion anticipated sometime in late 2017.
158. Cedar City Utah Temple: Fencing progressing; entrance plaza created; landscaping areas defined; hanging drywall; completion anticipated sometime in late 2017.
159. Tucson Arizona Temple: Pouring walkways; erecting fencing; installing art glass windows; hanging drywall; completion anticipated sometime in late 2017.
160. Rome Italy Temple: Interior work progressing; completion anticipated sometime in early-to-mid 2018.
161. Kinshasa Democratic Republic of the Congo Temple: Building the exterior walls; completion anticipated sometime in early-to-mid 2018.
162. Concepcion Chile Temple: Attaching building wrap to exterior walls; adding landscaping structures; completion anticipated sometime in mid-2018.
163. Durban South Africa Temple: Pouring temple foundation; setting rebar for missionary housing walls; palm trees planted along entrance road; completion anticipated sometime in mid-2018.
164. Barranquilla Colombia Temple: Exterior walls poured; preparing for steeple walls and framework; completion anticipated sometime between late 2018 and early 2019.
165. Winnipeg Manitoba Temple: Groundbreaking held Saturday December 3, 2016; completion anticipated sometime between late 2018 and early 2019.
166. Fortaleza Brazil Temple: Pouring the second floor exterior walls; completion anticipated sometime in 2019.
167. Lisbon Portugal Temple: Laying meetinghouse footings and foundation; excavating for maintenance building; temple site cleared; completion anticipated sometime in 2019.

Scheduled for rededication:
8. Idaho Falls Idaho Temple: Closed for renovation; finish work underway; rededication scheduled for Sunday June 4, 2017.

Undergoing Renovation:
20. Jordan River Utah Temple: Closed for renovation; rededication anticipated sometime between late 2017 and early 2018.
41. Frankfurt Germany Temple: Closed for renovation; some exterior stone removed; foundation exposed; old meetinghouse razed; rededication anticipated sometime between early and mid 2018.

Announced:
168. Harare Zimbabwe Temple: Approval and construction preparation phase; official site announcement anticipated in early 2017, with the groundbreaking anticipated to take place shortly following the site announcement.
169.  Rio de Janeiro Brazil Temple: Governmental approval phase; preliminary environmental license issued in November 2016; groundbreaking pending.
170. Arequipa Peru Temple: General contractor selected; groundbreaking pending.
171. Urdaneta Philippines Temple: Planning and approval phase; awaiting official site announcement.
172. Port-au-Prince Haiti Temple: Planning and approval phase; awaiting official site announcement.
173. Bangkok Thailand Temple: Planning and approval phase; awaiting official site announcement.
174. Abidjan Ivory Coast Temple: Planning phase; awaiting official site announcement.
175. Quito Ecuador Temple: Planning phase; awaiting official site announcement.
176. Belem Brazil Temple: Planning phase; awaiting official site announcement.
177. Lima Peru Los Olivos Temple: Planning phase; awaiting official site announcement.

Key:
Bolded numbers and text denote temples whose numbers already exists (for renovations), or is certain due to a scheduled dedication, as well as information that is certain, such as dedication or groundbreaking dates.
Italicized numbers and text denote temples whose numbers may change based on the order in which future dedications and groundbreakings are scheduled.
Underlined numbers and text denote temples whose numbers may change based on progress towards planning, approval, and groundbreaking.

Red text denotes changes from the last posted temple progress update.